|Holy huge fish Batman ! “The Trophy” returned back to her home Port of Ashtabula Harbor Sunday evening on Memorial Day weekend and had the most pleasant of all surprise waiting on us ! WALLEYES ! Lots and lots of HUGE Walleyes and nobody even fishing for them ! After running my last Port Clinton Walleye trip of the year that Sunday and fighting the boat traffic, all the junk fish and the size of the Walleyes dramatically dropping off with each passing day, I was pretty eager to just head east and go back home. And that’s exactly what I did that day after off loading my guys and topping off the tank with a belly full of fuel. I split the gap of the Port Clinton pier heads exactly at 3pm and pulled “The Trophy” into the Ashtabula Harbor exactly 10 minutes after 8pm, a 120 miles later not to mention a whole lot lighter on fuel. lol ! Tired and cross-eyed after an extremely long day, it was still a very good feeling to be back home !|
|And although I never hardly ever fun fish, I thought we would do just a little scouting troll the very next morning. Wow is all I can say ! We normally do pretty good even on our first charters out after returning to the deep water out east here but this was just way too easy. With a couple of friends onboard we made a short couple hour troll and boxed 12 monster Walleyes ! In the short time we fished, we had a triple hooked up of which we boxed all 3 of and then another double which we also boxed both of. We were trying to pull lines to quit after deciding we had seen enough and caught enough for a quick scouting trip and we were still catching. We picked up two more fish just trying to clear the lines. And here it was still MAY even ! And the real story was the size. They were simply behemoth! Although I did not measure any of the fish, I would bet most anything that about 8 out of the dozen that we captured would have easily made Fish Ohio standards of at least 28 inches or better. What a box of fish for such a short time of fishing!|
|So, was it a fluke ? Did I just happen to stop over a little pod of fish ? Naw. Thursday I got to do it again and for real this time with a bunch of eager and excited charter guests and we simply KILLED them once again ! Although we didn’t do any triples this day, we had a very nice steady pick going all day. And the size wasn’t too far off from what we had seen earlier in the week. Just nice, nice fish. I think we knocked off about 1 o’clock and we had 24 in the box. And we had to quit. There was no way, no how we were ever going to squeeze another fish into the big fish box built into the Cherokees boat deck. As it was, we came in with the lid ajar. What a good problem to have ! Our technique was very similar to our west end trolling program. Trolling Tru-Trip Divers very shallow off the big planer boards and even a few on the big Dipsey Divers. All spoons were used across the board on both kinds of Divers.|
|We welcomed June 1st in on Saturday with yet another incredible day ! This time we had 29 beautiful Walleyes in the boat by about 12:30 ! Just about as good as it gets ! And that was under some pretty choppy conditions. So now the real serious part of my season really begins. My 27th year of doing so. The big water offshore fishing that everybody gets so excited about. And it looks like we are in store for yet another GREAT summer of superb world class Walleye fishing just like the previous 26 years before. I can honestly say we’ve never had a really bad year around here. The waters offshore of Ashtabula is just simply a magical, mystical big Walleye magnet! If there are some of you out there reading this that have yet to experience what I am talking about, I invite everyone to give me a call and try to secure one of the few remaining dates that I happen to have left. I would very much like to show you what I am talking about and hear some new voices excitedly yell, FISH ON !!!|
*We are entering this part of the season now where it is imperative that we get out very early in the morning. With the very clear water out there, we usually get a strong morning bite before the sun gets up too high and the action drops off significantly. WE DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY ! Until further notice, we are now departing from the dock everyday at 5am sharp. Please if you have a trip scheduled, be here early and be ready to roll at such time ! Also, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FISHING LICENSE ahead of time. There are no license sales at the marina. If you are getting just a 1 day license, make sure to get the 1 day “charter license” which only goes into effect if you actually get out and use it. Links on my website for online sales. Any questions, call me.